The CMS Direct Contracting Model

Prepare for success under CMS’s Direct Contracting Model by the April 1st and January 1st performance periods.

Model Overview

CMS's new Direct Contracting Model is a voluntary payment model that begins on April 1, 2021. The anticipated model builds upon learnings from the Next Generation Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Model, offers participants increased risk options and is an integral component of CMS’s strategy to redesign primary care as a platform to drive reductions in costs. In addition, the high-risk model is an opportunity for participants to drive consistent revenue, improve patient outcomes, and lower global utilization and costs.

Performance Periods

April 1st, 2021

January 1st, 2022

Additional Resources

White Paper: Direct Contracting Model Overview
How to Succeed with Care Coordination Solutions
PatientPing & NAACOS: Direct Contracting Webinar